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Ride of Silence returns to Green Valley to honor Sahuarita cyclist

A ghost bike marks the entrance to Coronado National Forest along Madera Canyon Road in memory of  George “Fred” Dillemuth, a Sahuarita resident. (Amy Dillemuth photo)
A ghost bike marks the entrance to Coronado National Forest along Madera Canyon Road in memory of  George “Fred” Dillemuth, a Sahuarita resident. (Amy Dillemuth photo)

Amy Dillemuth lost her husband of 21 years, George “Fred” Dillemuth, in 2019, when he collided with a vehicle just south of the Santa Rita Lodge on Madera Canyon Road.

On Wednesday, May 18, after two years of pandemic delays and virtual observances, her late husband Fred will officially be honored when the Ride of Silence returns to Green Valley.

Reporter Mary Glen Hatcher chronicles the history of the slow-paced bicycle procession that honors those injured or killed while riding on public roadways and describes how other local advocacy organizations are helping raise awareness about cyclist visibility.

Should we be doing more to create safer roadways for bicyclists, or do drivers need to change their behaviors behind the wheel?

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SHS alum showcases graphic design skills with NASCAR

Roberto Ramirez next to Cole Custer's #41 at the NASCAR championship weekend in Phoenix in November. Ramirez designed the outside of the vehicle. (Roberto Ramirez photo)
Roberto Ramirez next to Cole Custer's #41 at the NASCAR championship weekend in Phoenix in November. Ramirez designed the outside of the vehicle. (Roberto Ramirez photo)

20-year-old Sahuarita High School graduate Roberto Ramirez's love for creating graphic designs on race cars started when he was designing custom cars in video games. Now he's designing paint schemes for actual NASCAR vehicles. 

Reporter Jamie Verwys talks with Ramirez about how he creates the designs for race cars and his time at Sahuarita High School, where he began developing his graphic design skills.

Head here to check out Ramirez's work.

When you were a child, did you have a hobby that you eventually turned into a career? 

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Sahuarita resident and auto racing legend voted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

McGriff’s career began in 1945, at age 17, right after racing resumed post-World War II. (Green Valley News photo)
McGriff’s career began in 1945, at age 17, right after racing resumed post-World War II. (Green Valley News photo)

Sahuarita resident Hershel McGriff, 94, had been nominated for the NASCAR Hall of Fame so many times that he wondered if there was a limit on how many times someone could be nominated. When he arrived at his hotel after a charity motorcycle ride near Monument Valley, Utah, he read a text message from Hall of Famer Mark Martin and realized that the wait was over.

Editor Dan Shearer talks with McGriff and chronicles his long, storied career in auto racing.

Did you know a NASCAR legend lived in Sahuarita, and what are your thoughts on McGriff's race car driving odyssey?

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Eagle Scout service project brings new game court to Sahuarita

David Egbert, right, offers direction during the construction of the gaga ball pit. (Dan Shearer photo)
David Egbert, right, offers direction during the construction of the gaga ball pit. (Dan Shearer photo)

Eighth-grader David Egbert coordinated and oversaw the construction of the first gaga ball court in Sahuarita as part of his Eagle Scout service project.

Reporter Mary Glen Hatcher describes how gaga ball, a game similar to dodge ball, gained popularity at Jewish summer camps and explains how Egbert got approval from the town to construct the court at Sahuarita's North Santa Cruz Park.

Bring a playground ball over to North Santa Cruz Park at 14455 S. Rancho Sahuarita Boulevard if you want to know what gaga ball is all about. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. You can find the game rules on the wall of the pit. 

Is there a game court that you would like to see installed at a local park?